The FCC Regulations, as they pertain to the use of Wireless Microphones in the bands 174-216 MHz and 470-668 MHz, and Low Power Television transmission in the band 470-668 MHz (UHF) in Motion Picture and Television Production
(Excerpted and Highlighted by Tim Holly)
Code of Federal Regulations
Title 47 – Telecommunications
PART 15_RADIO FREQUENCY DEVICES–Table of Contents
Sec. 15.1 Scope of this part.
(a) This part sets out the regulations under which an intentional, unintentional, or incidental radiator may be operated without an individual license. It also contains the technical specifications, administrative requirements and other conditions relating to the marketing of part 15 devices.
(b) The operation of an intentional or unintentional radiator that is not in accordance with the regulations in this part must be licensed pursuant to the provisions of section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, unless otherwise exempted from the licensing requirements elsewhere in this chapter.
PART 15_RADIO FREQUENCY DEVICES–Table of Contents
Sec. 15.3 Definitions.
(a) Auditory assistance device. An intentional radiator used to provide auditory assistance to a handicapped person or persons. Such a device may be used for auricular training in an education institution, for auditory assistance at places of public gatherings, such as a church, theater, or auditorium, and for auditory assistance to handicapped individuals, only, in other locations.
PART 15_RADIO FREQUENCY DEVICES–Table of Contents
Subpart C_Intentional Radiators
Sec. 15.217 Operation in the band 160-190 kHz.
(a) The total input power to the final radio frequency stage (exclusive of filament or heater power) shall not exceed one watt.
(b) The total length of the transmission line, antenna, and ground lead (if used) shall not exceed 15 meters.
(c) All emissions below 160 kHz or above 190 kHz shall be attenuated at least 20 dB below the level of the unmodulated carrier. Determination of compliance with the 20 dB attenuation specification may be based on measurements at the intentional radiator’s antenna output terminal unless the intentional radiator uses a permanently attached antenna, in which case compliance shall be demonstrated by measuring the radiated emissions.
Sec. 15.219 Operation in the band 510-1705 kHz.
(a) The total input power to the final radio frequency stage (exclusive of filament or heater power) shall not exceed 100 milliwatts.
Sec. 15.242 Operation in the bands 174-216 MHz and 470-668 MHz.
(a) The marketing and operation of intentional radiators under the provisions of this section is restricted to biomedical telemetry devices employed solely on the premises of health care facilities.
PART 73_RADIO BROADCAST SERVICES–Table of Contents
This covers the operation of all AM, FM Radio Stations.
Low Power Community Radio Stations
Low Power Community TV Station
Part 73 Defines the Broadcasters as ‘PRIMARY Users’ for their part of the Radio Spectrum.
PART 74–EXPERIMENTAL RADIO, AUXILIARY, SPECIAL BROADCAST AND OTHER PROGRAM DISTRIBUTIONAL SERVICES
CHAPTER I–FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED)
PART 74_EXPERIMENTAL RADIO, AUXILIARY, SPECIAL BROADCAST AND OTHER PROGRAM DISTRIBUTIONAL SERVICES–Table of Contents
Subpart_General; Rules Applicable to All Services in Part 74
Sec. 74.2 General definitions.
Broadcast network-entity. A broadcast network-entity is an organization which produces programs available for simultaneous transmission by 10 or more affiliated broadcast stations and having distribution facilities or circuits available to such affiliated stations at least 12 hours each day.
Cable network-entity. A cable network-entity is an organization which produces programs available for simultaneous transmission by cable systems serving a combined total of at least 5,000,000 subscribers and having distribution facilities or circuits available to such affiliated stations or cable systems.
[51 FR 4601, Feb. 6, 1986]
Sec. 74.433 Temporary authorizations.
(a) Special temporary authority may be granted for remote pickup station operation which cannot be conducted in accordance with Sec. 74.24. Such authority will normally be granted only for operations of a temporary nature. Where operation is seen as likely on a continuing annual basis, an application for a regular authorization should be
Sec. 74.532 Licensing requirements. Aural auxiliary stations licensed to low power FM stations will be assigned on a secondary basis; i.e., subject to the condition that no harmful interference is caused to other aural auxiliary stations assigned to radio broadcast stations. Auxiliary stations licensed to low power FM stations must accept any interference caused by stations having primary use of aural auxiliary frequencies.
Sec. 74.801 Definitions.
Motion picture producer. Motion picture producer refers to a person or organization engaged in the production or filming of motion pictures.
Television program producer. Television program producer refers to a person or organization engaged in the production of television programs.
Wireless assist video device. An auxiliary station authorized and operated by motion picture and television program producers pursuant to the provisions of this subpart. These stations are intended to transmit over distances of approximately 300 meters for use as an aid in composing camera shots on motion picture and television sets.
Sec. 74.832 Licensing requirements and procedures. (a) A license authorizing operation of one or more low power auxiliary stations will be issued only to the following:
(1) A licensee of an AM, FM, TV, or International broadcast station or low power TV station. Low power auxiliary stations will be licensed for used with a specific broadcast or low power TV station or combination of stations licensed to the same licensee within the same community.
(2) A broadcast network entity.
(3) A cable television system operator who operates a cable system that produces program material for origination or access cablecasting, as defined in Sec. 76.5(r).
(4) Motion picture producers as defined in Sec. 74.801.
(5) Television program producers as defined in Sec. 74.801
Sec. 74.870 Wireless video assist devices.
Television broadcast auxiliary licensees and motion picture and television producers, as defined in Sec. 74.801 may operate wireless video assist devices on a non-interference basis on VHF and UHF television channels to assist with production activities.
(a) The use of wireless video assist devices must comply with all provisions of this subpart, except as indicated in paragraphs (b) through (i) of this section.
(b) Wireless video assist devices may only be used for scheduled productions. They may not be used to produce live events and may not be used for electronic news gathering purposes.
(c) Wireless video assist devices may operate with a bandwidth not to exceed 6 MHz on frequencies in the bands 180-210 MHz (TV channels 8-12) and 470-698 MHz (TV channels 14-51) subject to the following restrictions:
(1) The bandwidth may only occupy a single TV channel.
(2) Operation is prohibited within the 608-614 MHz (TV channel 37) band.
(3) Operation is prohibited within 129 km of a television broadcasting station, including Class A television stations, low power television stations and translator stations.
(d) Wireless video assist devices are limited to a maximum of 250 milliwatts ERP and must limit power to that necessary to reliably receive a signal at a distance of 300 meters. Wireless video assist devices must comply with the emission limitations of Sec. 74.637.
(e) The antenna of a wireless video assist device must be attached to the transmitter either permanently, or by means of a unique connector designed to allow replacement of authorized antennas but prevent the use of unauthorized antennas. When transmitting, the antenna must not be more that 10 meters above ground level.
(f)(1) A license for a wireless video assist device will authorize the license holder to use all frequencies available for wireless video assist devices, subject to the limitations specified in this section.
(2) Licensees may operate as many wireless video assist devices as necessary, subject to the notification procedures of this section.
(g) Notification procedure. Prior to the commencement of transmitting, licensees must notify the local broadcasting coordinator of their intent to transmit. If there is no local coordinator in the intended area of operation, licensees must notify all adjacent channel TV stations within 161 km (100 mi) of the proposed operating area.
(1) Notification must be made at least 10 working days prior to the date of intended transmission.
(2) Notifications must include:
(i) Frequency or frequencies.
(iii) Antenna height.
(iv) Emission type(s).
(v) Effective radiated power.
(vi) Intended dates of operation.
(vii) Licensee contact information.
(3)(i) Failure of a local coordinator to respond to a notification request prior to the intended dates of operation indicated on the request will be considered as having the approval of the coordinator. In this case, licensees must in addition notify all co-channel and adjacent channel TV stations within 161 km (100 mi) of the proposed operating area. This notification is for information purposes only and will not enable TV stations to prevent a WAVD from operating, but is intended to help identify the source of interference if any is experienced after a WAVD begins operation.
(ii) If there is no local coordinator in the intended area of operation, failure of any adjacent channel TV station to respond to a notification request prior to the intended dates of operation indicated on the request will be considered as having the approval of the TV station.
(4) Licensees must operate in a manner consistent with the response of the local coordinator, or, if there is no local coordinator in the intended area of operation, the responses of the adjacent channel TV stations. Disagreements may be appealed to the Commission. However, in those instances, the licensee will bear the burden of proof and proceeding to overturn the recommendation of the local coordinator or the co-channel or adjacent channel TV station.
(h) Licenses for wireless video assist devices may not be transferred or assigned.
(i) The product literature that manufacturers include with a wireless assist video device must contain information regarding the requirement for users to obtain an FCC license, the requirement that stations must locate at least 129 kilometers away from a co-channel TV station, the limited class of users that may operate these devices, the authorized uses, the need for users to obtain a license, and the requirement that a local coordinator (or adjacent channel TV stations, if there is no local coordinator) must be notified prior to operation.
[68 FR 12772, Mar. 17, 2003, as amended at 68 FR 69331, Dec. 12, 2003]
PART 97–AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE
Subpart A_General Provisions
Sec. 97.1 Basis and purpose.
The rules and regulations in this part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:
(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur’s proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.
(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communication and technical phases of the art.
(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.
(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur’s unique ability to enhance international goodwill.
Sec. 97.113 Prohibited transmissions.
(a) No amateur station shall transmit:
(1) Communications specifically prohibited elsewhere in this part;
(2) Communications for hire or for material compensation, direct or indirect, paid or promised, except as otherwise provided in these rules;
(b) An amateur station shall not engage in any form of broadcasting, nor may an amateur station transmit one-way communications except as specifically provided in these rules; nor shall an amateur station engage in any activity related to program production or news gathering for broadcasting purposes, except that communications directly related to the immediate safety of human life or the protection of property may be provided by amateur stations to broadcasters for dissemination to the public where no other means of communication is reasonably available before or at the time of the event.